Summer vacation: London commuters face more headaches as train strike over weekend casts doubt on Heathrow workers vote for strike


Passengers who were stranded on jobs, salaries and conditions faced further disruption on Friday.

TfL said Thursday’s strike continued into Friday morning, with severe delays on the Bakerlow Line and disruptions on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines due to “lack of trains”.

The London Overground was also partially suspended between Rumford and Up Munster, Windsworth Road and Clapham Junction, while severe delays were reported on the rest of the line.

More calm than normal Waterloo train station in London during a strike by railway workers on Thursday

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Only 60 percent of the trains were running – many services would end early Friday before the third day of operations on Saturday, which would close the network.

TfL has advised people not to travel “early in the morning” if possible.

Network Rail’s RMT members and 13 train operators are seeking about a seven per cent pay rise and a guarantee of any redundancy.

Network Rail has offered an increase of 2.5% in addition to 2% in return for a change in working methods.

This came as the TSSA union announced a member’s ballot on Greater Anglia trains, which operate inside and outside Liverpool Street Station.

In Greater England, members of the Aslif Drivers’ Union walked out on Thursday.

A separate pay dispute between members of GMB and United, who work as check-in and ground at British Airways, is set to cause chaos at Heathrow Airport at the start of the school summer holidays.

McLinch, RMT general secretary, said he was ready to continue the industrial operation “until a negotiated settlement is reached”.

Negotiations continued throughout the week and will continue in the coming days, but there are few signs of progress.

Mr Lynch said the government should “get out of the way” and allow unions to negotiate directly with private train operating companies.

Speaking to the BBC last night at the time of the question, he said: “Companies have told me face to face that they can guarantee a mandatory redundancy”, but added that “they were not allowed. Is going “.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the strikes a “terrible idea” and insisted there was “no use” for the railways to be “so economical” that ticket prices were banned for passengers.

Speaking to reporters traveling with him in Rwanda, he said: “We have a lot to do for ourselves and their families to run the railways economically.

“There is no point in having a railway system in this country that is so unsustainable that you have to increase ticket prices and get as many people out of the railways as possible.

“You can’t go with exercises like walking to ticket offices that sell very few tickets. You need to modernize.”

Most train companies run significantly shorter schedules until Sunday. This includes the Southwestern Railway and the GoVia Thameslink Railways, although its staff did not vote to walk out.

GTR, which operates Southern, Thomas Link, Great Northern and Gatwick Express trains, said services would be “severely affected” by the impact of the action by Network Rail crews and many stations and routes. Will close

The TSSA said an early strike on Greater England services would take place on July 27.

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Courts said: “Our demands are simple – a salary that reflects the length of our stay, a contract that provides job security, and no race to the terms and conditions.

“The alternative is a long summer of dissatisfaction on our rail network. Make no mistake, we are preparing all options, including a coordinated strike that will stop trains.”

According to the GMB union, this comes at a time when 1,000 British Airways workers are preparing to strike “possibly during the summer holidays”.

Nadine Hutton, GMB’s national officer, said: “With serious predictions, holidaymakers are facing a major hurdle thanks to British Airways’ pigs.”